Adrian Hill (1895 – 1977)
In 1917, Adrian Hill was the first official war artist appointed by
the government to record scenes of the Great War, and
these works are now housed in the Imperial War Museum.
Hill subsequently introduced the concept of art therapy into
hospitals after being confined for TB. From the fifty or so works
by Adrian Hill held by Ortoms, there are several that
may surprise those who know Hill’s work from childrens’ television of
the 1950s, when he hosted a popular programme called ‘Sketch Club’,
or from the many successful books he wrote about painting and
drawing. These fantastical drawings have an almost Blakeian
atmosphere and appear to be allegorical or biblical, revealing a much
more introspective manner.